The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed 6'0", 192-pound center Ryan Potulny (poh-TUHL-nee) to a two-year entry-level contract, according to club Assistant General Manager Paul Holmgren.
"We are excited about having Ryan in our organization," said Holmgren in making the announcement. "If you look at his track record in the USHL and in the WCHA playing for the University of Minnesota, he has always been a point producer. He is more of a goal scorer than a playmaker. He has an exceptional release and an elusiveness, an ability to get open, in the offensive zone. He is one of those guys that has demonstrated at each level that he has played that he can score goals."
"It's a dream come true," said Potulny. "Ever since I was a young child, it (playing in the NHL) was something that I would dream about and it doesn't happen for many people. I am so excited to be part of this first-class organization."
Potulny, 21, was an All-WCHA First Team honoree and 2006 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Finalist after recording 38 goals and 25 assists for 63 points and 31 penalty minutes in 41 games for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers this past season. Potulny ranked first in the nation in points (63), goals (38) and goals per game (0.93), tied for first in power play goals (17) and was second in points per game (1.54). He was first in the WCHA in goals (23) and tied for second in points (42) and led Minnesota in goals (38), points (63), power play goals (17) and game-winning goals (5).
In three seasons with the Golden Gophers (2003-04 through 2005-06), Potulny registered 68 goals and 50 assists for 118 points and 61 penalty minutes in 100 career games. He missed the majority of the 2003-04 season recovering from a knee injury sustained in a game against North Dakota on November 7, 2003.
A native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Potulny was drafted by the Flyers in the third round (87th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft after playing two seasons with the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League. He led the USHL in assists (43) and points (78) for the 2002-03 season and was a member of the Lincoln team that captured the 2003 Clark Cup as champions of the USHL. Potulny was named USHL Player of the Year, USHL's Top Forward and to the USHL First All-Star Team following the 2002-03 season.